Top 100 Releases of 2016: 100-51

Let’s do those introduction pieces people love so much. Look, 2016 was a wild ride folks, and everyone seems to have a different opinion on the quality of music this year has brought us. For me, I think this year has possibly brought out the most quality in content I’ve ever had the pleasure of sifting through. My list is an amalgamation of different genres and levels of exposure, so everything is fair game from the least recognizable to the most famous of names. Whether that makes my list confusing to decipher, it only really matters to me what the order or reasoning is, so take that with a grain of salt. Because of demand, however, I felt generous enough to write not just 50 of my favorite releases this year, but a whopping 100! Thank you everyone, artist and fan alike, who have created music out of the most eclectic and controversial year. I can only hope next year is just as great. Continue reading “Top 100 Releases of 2016: 100-51”

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Album Review: Boleros Valses y Mas by Frankie Reyes

(Image courtesy of Stones Throw Records.)

The Californian-based musician, Gabriel Reyes-Whittaker, strips down the sound to a single Oberheim synthesizer on his new project as Frankie Reyes. Minimal and pure of heart, Reyes’s interpolations of classic Latin standards thrives so vividly on this twelve track album wonder.
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Label Watch: Prevue Guide

The anonymous folks over at the Prevue Guide have really recreated the purity of a late night lo-fi and vaporwave label something special to behold. Founded this year, their sound is incredibly diverse. From hypnagogic pop/drift to television and transmission music collage, here are two releases that should make this a label to keep an eye on! Continue reading “Label Watch: Prevue Guide”

Interview: Beat Session with Daniel Saylor

(Image collage courtesy of Daniel Saylor and Windows 98の.)

Daniel Saylor is as inventive as a composer as he is as a producer, and today we get some insight to his musical world. First known to me for his budding Windows 98の project (the “の [no]” Japanese hiragana dubbed as “wave”), D. Saylor had made a splash in popularizing the Windows 95/98 sound effects in trap and beat music. Releasing on labels like Midnight Moon, Bedlam, and Beer Wizard, he’s now moved on to bigger projects under his own name. Let’s get to know a bit more of that. Continue reading “Interview: Beat Session with Daniel Saylor”

Album Discussion: High-Loops & Higher-Loops by Iman Omari

(Image courtesy of Fresh Selects.)

Whether this can be called underrated or overlooked or whatever, I want to talk about an excellent beat tape today from Iman Omari. Produced by him and mixed by Doc Adam, this album was two previously lost EPs come to light to form one beautiful release. You may not even realize they’re two different releases, but that speaks for the wonderful cohesion in the production and mixing presented. Continue reading “Album Discussion: High-Loops & Higher-Loops by Iman Omari”

Pick of the Week: 12/13/16

(Image courtesy of Far Out Recordings.)

As the year comes to a close, the number of new releases really begins to slow down, so to compensate for that, here is an old release that should be important to note for its reissue this year. Come and take a dive into the era of Popular Brazilian Music. Continue reading “Pick of the Week: 12/13/16”

Thoughts On: “Crown” by Run the Jewels

(Image courtesy of the official Run the Jewels website.)

“Crown” is one of the more interesting singles to pop out  from 2015, and it’s also one of the more compelling from hip hop and music in general. Run the Jewels were a fantastic duo already taking the music world by storm with their debut, and their second release only confirmed the serious political fury they present with “Crown.” Continue reading “Thoughts On: “Crown” by Run the Jewels”